Characterization and correction of cupping effect artefacts in cone beam CT

Allison K Buchanan, W. D. McDavid

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate and correct the cupping effect artefact that occurs owing to the presence of beam hardening and scatter radiation during image acquisition in cone beam CT (CBCT). Methods: A uniform aluminium cylinder (6061) was used to demonstrate the cupping effect artefact on the Planmeca Promax 3D CBCT unit (Planmeca OY, Helsinki, Finland). The cupping effect was studied using a line profile plot of the grey level values using ImageJ software (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD). A hardware-based correction method using copper pre-filtration was used to address this artefact caused by beam hardening and a software-based subtraction algorithm was used to address scatter contamination. Results: The hardware-based correction used to address the effects of beam hardening suppressed the cupping effect artefact but did not eliminate it. The software-based correction used to address the effects of scatter resulted in elimination of the cupping effect artefact. Conclusion: Compensating for the presence of beam hardening and scatter radiation improves grey level uniformity in CBCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalDentomaxillofacial Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • Artefacts
  • Cone beam CT
  • Radiation
  • Scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Dentistry(all)

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